Christmas is unquestionably my favorite holiday. I love the colors, the smells, the family, the friends, the gifts, and the generally palpable goodwill. Since I was a small child my family has rallied around Christmas decor and general holiday coziness. But this year is a little different. The hubs and I are living our “year of less” so our Holiday will obviously reflect our minimal lifestyle.
This year is all about a simple pallet: black, white, and natural green. So I headed down to my handy local 99 Cent Only Store and bought some white lights and garlands…literally you can buy yards and yards of garland for pennies. Then in order to add a little touch of fancy, I headed to the LA Flower Market and scooped up a few bushels of silver dollar eucalyptus…voila!
Our cute little apartment doesn’t have a ton of storage space so rather than buying a stand for our tree [where would we store that?] I flipped our end table, it was hollow and just the perfect size to hold up our cute little tree.
I added tons of garland and recycled the candlesticks from my Friendsgiving tablescape.
The bedroom wasn’t neglected and obviously, I kept it simple.
Things can get stressful so if you need a little holiday support don’t hesitate to sign up for some coaching from me, Dr. Ally. I am making myself available for the holiday season. I hope you all have an equally beautiful and love-filled Holiday!
Let’s be honest, with world hunger, violence, terrorism, and any other number of regular atrocities, taking pictures in sprinkle pools and with life-sized gummy bears might seem like pointless fluff. And, partly, it is. However, I liken all of the heaviness of this life to a huge swimming pool. On one end the water is 3 feet deep and the other end is 30. We can only stay in the deep end for so long before we need to head back to the shallow end and catch a breather. This is that breather. We can handle everything that comes our way but we need to learn how to recharge our batteries. I do it by focusing on things that make me happy. Things like pink, cuteness, documentaries, glitter, crafts, and yoga. This week it was the Museum of Ice Cream that made all of my pink and colorful dreams come true. Here are some images, I hope you enjoy and find a little happiness today!
The little tiny hungry girl inside of me couldn’t let this moment pass quietly into the night. I LOOOVE macaroons! They are just so simple a chic. Truly the perfect snack.
And if you like macaroons then you have to get them from Bottega Louie. It is downtown LA’s little window into delicious French snackerie…yup snackerie, I made that up.
I mean look at this absolute perfection. Packaging isn’t just about putting a great product in a box. It’s about creating and tapping into the emotions of consumers. A lot of thought and research goes into creating these iconic designs. Different colors evoke different feelings, some may even make you want to purchase more goodies. I think that’s the goal.
Pink is the color of gentleness and love and evokes feelings of calm. It doesn’t make me hungry but since it’s my favorite color it encourages me to buy, buy, buy. Some of the effects of color are due to personal factors and preferences but there are definitely effects that impact all of us. It’s just evolution baby! For example, colors like red and orange get our attention because they have historically signaled danger. Thus, stop lights and road cones.
I’m so sure you didn’t sign up for this little lesson in color theory, you just wanted to look at pictures of macaroons. But now that I’m done forcing you to learn some random information, go and see how colors make you feel today. Ciao!
As a born and bred Orange County girl the Pacific Ocean flows through my veins. Water has always brought me peace and been a centering force. So, moving into the heart of LA hasn’t been a completely natural shift. I mean it’s wonderful and everything but it’s just NOT THE BEACH!!!
I spent a little quality time in Santa Monica fighting the crazy tide…thanx El Niño. But surfers were out and the sun was high.
Just look at my little big man! It may be time to leave the city.
My job has been physically, mentally, and spiritually exhausting. I’m sure I’m not the only person to experience the fatigue trifecta. Hence the pink. Pink is such an energetic color, it brings with it laughter and whimsy. So today I’m shrouding myself in pink. These r just a few random pink things I looked at through the day today.
This past Tuesday I had the awesome opportunity to see the 14th Dalai Lama in the flesh…yes, in the flesh. Of course there were about 400 people between him and myself, but it never felt that way. His broken English added a sense of mystique to his simple yet profound statements. I was deeply touched by his words on happiness, trust, and transparency. Seems simple, happiness is dependent of trust and trust cannot exist without transparency, but there are deeper implications.
Trust is a complex phenomena, according to the Dalai Lama, it is a fundamental component of human connection and as social creatures connection is survival. This triggered some of my personal obsessions with neurotransmitters and brain function. So, I instantly thought of how much oxytocin does to enhance bonding, thus, impacting human survival. It is released during intimate interactions like touch and when women give birth and breastfeed. This neurotransmitter is so important that if a child isn’t touched in the first few months of life they literally die, can you believe that. We need others so much, without them we literally cannot survive. That adds a whole new power to the pain after a break up. Well, back to the Dalai Lama and his perspective on transparency. In my mind transparency is a fundamental necessity for trust. You can’t trust someone that doesn’t show you who they are. But true transparency is difficult especially if you’ve ever been hurt before, and who hasn’t been there.
My basic take away was that all humans are chemically connected and we need each other to survive. Since this is the case, what can you do today to improve the life of another person? After all, if we are all connected, then their happiness impacts your happiness in some way…right? I hope you find away to be transparent, trust, and be happy!
Thanx Middlebury Magazine for the picture!
Last night I spent some much needed quality time with some old friends. We did what girls normally do, talk. We chatted about relationships, how we wish the world could be different, and when we were going to do this again. The night was capped off with these delish pretzels. Thank you Bottega Louie.
I had an uber cute day, most of it was spent lounging in bed, preparing for a client’s photo shoot, paying pesky bills, and meditating-code for thinking too much. Half way through the day I mustered the strength to get up and shop, goodness my day was casual. As I was searching for odds and ends, bits and bobs, I came across the cutest picnic basket. I’ve never been one for eating in the elements, but it was so adorbs I couldn’t say no. Please expect some posts about picnic foods.
Last night I spent some much needed down time with a close friend in downtown LA. Our stomaches started speaking to us so we stopped at the first building with lights on. We stumbled on an English gastropub, nestled between Spring and Main Streets, The Parish. It’s interior was dark and trendy, with an amazing bar and super qualified bar tenders. Please ask for the punch of the day!
The menu was unique with a blend of Indian and comfort food. My friend had an amazingly seasoned corn dish and I had tomato soup and grilled cheese. See below yummm!
This should soon be one of the hottest restaurants in LA, so find your favorite table now!